NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y — With the State proposing dewatering- or shutting off the American side of Niagara Falls- to build two new bridges, Niagara Falls city leaders say it could mean a big boost for tourism.

They think this could attract not only people from around the world but those of us who have visited the Falls too many times to count. That’s because this is something that hasn’t happened in 47 years, and it’s expected to be a big draw.

There is a stakeholder meeting this Wednesday night to talk about the proposal to dewater the Falls. Part of that meeting will focus on its impact on tourism.

The Niagara Falls City Council Chairperson told us the time of year he thinks would work best.

“Shutting down that water from August to December. Usually, it’s a slow season for Niagara Falls, but I think this hasn’t happened since 1969, so I think it’s going to attract a lot of tourists. People are going to want to see the water diverted where there is no water heading in a certain direction over the Falls, so I think that scenario works well,” says Andrew Touma.

Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster added that the dewatering is still a couple of years down the road. It’s also important to note that the Horseshoe Falls will still be running, and you’ll still be able to ride the Maid of the Mist.

This article originally appears on 10News

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